Struggle Makes Us Human
Learning from Movements for Socialism
An incisive and inspiring call to look beyond capitalism to chart a road map for a planet ravaged by pandemics, climate crisis, and wars.
Prompted by trenchant questions by international solidarity organizer Frank Barat, renowned author and activist Vijay Prashad shows that the path toward hope and liberation lies in looking closely at myriad, under covered struggles being waged all across the world by workers in countries such as India, Kenya, Peru, Tunisia, and Argentina. A marvelously global but grassroots perspective.
Prashad also examines pressing topics such as debt cancellation, a wealth tax, austerity, the pandemic, the arms industry, the climate crisis, socialism, working-class social movements and much more.
"Vijay Prashad's remarkable work has for years been an incomparable source of information and understanding about the Global South, while also providing incisive analysis of major developments of world affairs." —Noam Chomsky
"An essential, brilliant revolutionary post pandemic conversation and primer about everything that matters and how we can move from the devastation of capitalism to a living breathing working socialism. Informative and profoundly inspirational." —V (formerly Eve Ensler), The Vagina Monologues and The Apology
"Struggle Makes Us Human is an impassioned and studied case for socialism. In the face of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the unrealized promise of the New International Economic Order, and the rupture between intellectual and grounded struggle, socialism remains as necessary and possible as ever. Vijay Prashad takes readers on an intimate journey across the world and through history to introduce us to thinkers, workers, revolutionaries, and martyrs whose example offers glimpses of a horizon that remains within our reach.” —Noura Erakat
“Vijay Prashad is our own Frantz Fanon. His writing of protest is always tinged with the beauty of hope.” —Amitava Kumar
"Vijay Prashad recalls a past without which it is impossible to understand the present.” —Tariq Ali
"Like his hero Eduardo Galeano, Vijay Prashad makes the telling of the truth lovable; not an easy trick to pull off, he does it effortlessly.” —Roger Waters